A new year is upon us, a fresh start, a chance to cast off the disappointments of 2009 and look ahead with hope for economic turnaround, world peace, and…more time in the garden! What better way to celebrate than with a few new goodies for the garden? At Barton Springs Nursery‘s 25%-off sale this week, I found these bronze pots and filled them with a bronze Dyckia fosteriana and a spike rush. (Austinites, if you haven’t taken advantage of BSN’s annual sale, today is the last day.) My son gave me those blue glass pebbles for Christmas, which I used to mulch the rush. Faux water!
I also picked up a beautiful pink abutilon (nameless, I’m afraid).
It was a total impulse purchase, and I don’t know where I’ll put it. But I couldn’t resist.
For my sunny side yard garden, I’m going to try this leather leaf acacia (Acacia craspedocarpa), a thornless, silvery Australian native. My knife-leaf acacia has done well so far, so I have high hopes for this one.
It may not be as pretty as new plants, but I’m even more excited about this. My DH is constructing a faux garden house around the pool pump. We used to have an ugly wooden fence around it, but I’m planning something a little more interesting. Progress may be slow, as he’s working on it when he can catch a few spare hours, but I’ll keep you updated.
I got several more new plants at the BSN sale, and I’d thought to plant them all today. But when I went outdoors to take these pics this morning, the bright blue skies, mild temperatures (we’re expecting a high of 63F/17.2C), and warm sun told me that I need to take the day off from the garden and go out and have fun with the kids. Maybe putt-putt, maybe a walk to the park, maybe fish tacos for lunch. Maybe all of it!
Best wishes for a happy New Year, and here’s to another great year of gardening!
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